This House of Grief

Helen Garner: "I would have given anything to be convinced he was innocent - and not because I 'believed in him', whatever that meant, but because, in spite of everything I had heard and observed and thought in this court, in spite of everything I knew about the ways of the world, it was completely unendurable to me that a man would murder his own children". Read more about Garner's new book, This House of Grief, in the Newcastle Herald online. Hear her talk at the NWF: The Book That Changed Me, on opening night, and The Lives of Others, on Saturday night. 

Generous grant from ArtsNSW for NWF

'Just 10 days out from the third Newcastle Writers Festival, the event has received a significant state government grant.  Festival director and Herald journalist Rosemarie Milsom received news about the $50,000 grant on Monday at the festival venue, Newcastle City Hall. ‘‘The festival has very quickly become a popular feature in the city’s cultural calendar and this grant enables us to immediately develop ideas for the 2016 program,’’ said Ms Milsom.'

Read the full article from the Newcastle Herald from Tuesday 10 March: 

NWF15 attracts high-calibre authors

'AWARD-winning Australian author Helen Garner is among 130 writers set to inspire and challenge audiences at the third annual Newcastle Writers Festival. The full program for the 2015 event, which will run from March 20 to 22, was announced at the official launch at Newcastle Region Library on Friday 13 February.'

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We are delighted that The University of Newcastle is a major Festival Partner, and many of their graduates, staff and students will be taking part in NWF15, in events including two University of Newcastle Professors TalksThe World in a Glass of Hunter Wine, and the launch of Radical Newcastle (to be launched by UON Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen). Read more at the UON Engage site.


Not Your Typical Mothers' Group

The Bad Mothers' Pledge: "We acknowledge we are all bad mothers. We don't organise play dates. We don't chop food into small pieces and carry it around in case someone gets the munchies. We can't find a lid to fit any container in the house. We don't soak, fold or iron. We vacuum the bath. We acknowledge we are all bad mothers but we are doing our bloody best."

Read more about Annemarie Fleming's new book The Collected Minutes of the Bad Mothers’ Meetings in the Newcastle Herald online, and come along to the discussion and book launch, Not Your Typical Mothers' Group.



Newcastle Writers Festival 2014 - Angela Savage

Since my last post, I attended the Newcastle Writers Festival from 4-6 April. Run entirely by volunteers, including Director Rosemarie Milson, the festival was exciting, inspiring well organised and hospitable, with excellent chairing and great venues.

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Philip Nitschke tips a full house at Newcastle Writers Festival - The Newcastle Herald

Dr Nitschke said he was expecting an enthusiastic response to the Exit euthanasia workshop following his participation at the Newcastle Writers Festival being held at City Hall over the weekend.

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Family Festival Hub at Newcastle Writers Festival - The Mummy Project

The Kids Program of the Newcastle Writers Festival finished on a high yesterday with the Family Festival Hub. Loads of families turned out to enjoy stories and art in and around Newcastle City Library. Local authors such as Leila Rudge, Deborah Kelly and Ted Prior entertained the crowds with readings.

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Newcastle Writers Festival by Lizzie Wilcock

The second Newcastle Writers Festival has just wrapped up and it has been amazing! The organizers did a fabulous job and provided so much variety in content. As someone who used to travel to the Sydney Writers Festival in May each year, and I’ve even done the Brisbane and Melbourne ones a few times, it was so nice to have one in my home town.

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At the Newcastle Writers Festival - by Ryan O'Neill

Last week I appeared on a panel at the Newcastle Writer’s Festival with Maria Takolander and Abbas El-Zein to talk about short stories. The panel was called ‘Nowhere to Hide’ and was hosted by Karen Crofts, who started off the panel with some great questions, before giving the bulk of the one hour session to the audience for question time.

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